Camp Bright Star
Camp Bright Star is a summer camp for children and teens with special needs ages 6 and older. Campers, who experience true fun and friendships, are allowed to be kids in a safe, caring and structured environment. The Town of Huntington has offered this program for over 35 years. The camp is partially funded by the New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).
Camper disabilities range from speech impaired to learning disabled and developmentally disabled. Campers are divided into five age-appropriate groups. Applicants must be able to function in a group environment without one-to-one assistance. Exceptions are made if the child’s school or family provides a shadow to assist the child. The school or family in these situations must complete a waiver.
Camp activities include swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, music, creative arts, special events, and trips. Special events have included a carnival, talent show, and picnics. In the past, trips have been taken to Adventure Land, Pump it Up, Tiki Action Park, and the movies. Themed activities, such as International Day, Tie-Dye Day and Wacky Hat Day are part of the camp program. Camp Bright Star meets all of the requirements of the Suffolk County Health Department. The camp is inspected twice a year and the reports are filed at the County Office in Yaphank.
DATES AND TIMES
Camp Bright Star runs for a six-week period in the summer after the end of the school year. Camp is held Monday through Friday, except for holidays, from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM.
With a Resident Recreation ID Card, the cost is $270, without the card the cost is $600. Recreation ID Cards, which only Town of Huntington residents can purchase, is $40 for adults and $15 for resident teens (ages 13-17) and disabled residents. For children under 13, parents may purchase a card that covers all of their children at a cost of $40. The card is good for two years and can be used to obtain discounts at Town facilities and programs. Recreation ID Cards are available at the Parks and Recreation Department at Huntington Town Hall (100 Main Street, Huntington) and the Dix Hills Ice Rink (575 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills).
This year, Camp Bright Star will be held at Oakwood Primary School in South Huntington. This summer, swimming will be held at the Huntington YMCA.
Transportation is provided for Town of Huntington residents only. Campers are picked up between approximately 7:45 AM and 8:55 AM. They return between 2:35 PM and 3:45 PM. An exact schedule is provided after registration is finalized. Campers may be dropped off by car. Non-residents may access the bus transportation by dropping the camper off at a scheduled Town of Huntington bus stop if space is available.
Registration by mail starts in February for returning campers. New applicants must contact the Long Island Office for People with Developmental Disabilities to begin the Front Door Initiative, contact Wendy Rincon at (631) 416-3882 to start the process. If eligibility has already been approved by OPWDD a letter must be submitted with the application. The Front Door Initiative is a long process.
New applicants should submit the Town’s camp application as soon as possible. Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis until the camp is filled. New applicants must attend an interview (held in May) with the camp director to determine if the camp is appropriate. The deadline for registration is May 1st. Preference is given to Huntington residents. Campers are permitted to attend camp for any length of time. The application process includes a medical form that must be completed by a physician. A photo of the camper must also be provided. If your child will be taking any medications at camp, a copy of each prescription must be given to the camp nurse the first day of the program. Campers on medication must be able to self-administer.
Camp Bright Star employs a dedicated and caring staff. They consistently receive excellent ratings on the evaluations completed by parents. The camp director and assistant director are New York State Licensed Certified Special Education Teachers. Specialists, who teach the activities, have expertise in their teaching area. Counselors are college students who typically major in education. The camp employs a Licensed Practical Nurse, who is responsible for the medical needs of the participants. The staff to camper ratio is approximately 1:3.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact the Town of Huntington Parks and Recreation Department, located in Town Hall at 100 Main Street, Huntington, New York 11743. The phone number is (631) 351-3089.
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Parks & Recreation Department
Town Hall (Room 103)
100 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: (631) 351-3089
Fax: (631) 351-3100
Rain Phone: (631) 351-3101
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